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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Ghana Wary of Facing India in Final Group Game

Ghana players celebrate their goal against Colombia (Getty Images)

Ghana players celebrate their goal against Colombia (Getty Images)

Ghana chief coach Samuel Fabin on Monday said their final Group A game against hosts India will be critical for them in determining their chances of qualifying for the knockouts

New Delhi: Ghana chief coach Samuel Fabin on Monday said their final Group A game against hosts India will be critical for them in determining their chances of qualifying for the knockouts of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

Ghana on Monday lost 0-1 to the United States in their second match after defeating Colombia 1-0 in their opener at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. They now have three points, while the United States lead Group A with six points and they look like the hot favourites to advance to the Round-of-16 as the top-placed side from the group

"Our next match against India is critical for us to book our place in the next round," Fabin said at the post-match press conference. Against the US, Ghana created several chances but they couldn't score a goal. In the first match against Colombia, they had won by a solitary goal difference.

Fabin said that they must be more clinical in front of the goal. "We are creating a lot of chances and will continue to do so. But we must do better in terms of finishing the chances we create," he pointed out. "But today was a tough match for both teams. We fought hard. We now move to the next match," he added.
first published:October 10, 2017, 13:52 IST